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ISHR will supervise and manage the interns’ work, support their involvement in other capacity building activities and facilitate the acquirement of relevant permits. ISHR shall ensure the interns are provided with an initial detailed briefing regarding living and working in Geneva and we will also fully support them to ensure their stay in Geneva is safe, comfortable and enjoyable. Throughout the internship, interns are given a range of training opportunities.


Depending on which UN sessions are being held during the internship and the needs of the interns, a typical training programme for a 3-6 months internship usually includes:

  • intern meetings, at which interns from all programmes have an opportunity to discuss and debate as a group, activities in which they have been involved and developments within the UN human rights bodies
  • staff meetings which may include presentations from ISHR staff members on current activities and their own experiences
  • presentations at ISHR by members of the UN treaty monitoring bodies, Special Rapporteurs, experienced activists, NGO activists and visiting academics present in Geneva in association with events on the UN human rights calendar
  • opportunities to attend external events such as conferences and evening lectures to enhance interns’ professional interaction with other Geneva-based NGOs, UN institutions and professionals
  • opportunities to participate in Geneva based training courses that may be running at the time of the internship
  • practical sessions and guidance in monitoring and writing reports for various UN mechanisms, using ISHR and OHCHR websites, familiarisation sessions on the UN Human Rights system and train-the-trainer sessions on training human rights defenders and using interactive methodology
  • practical career workshops on working in the human rights field such as developing CV writing skills, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews, individual feedback on mock interviews, panel discussions on careers with ISHR staff
  • individual supervision and mentoring. To enhance the sustainability of the internship and to help ensure the interns’ skills are developed appropriately, they will each be required to fill in a self-evaluation form which draws on the knowledge and skills acquired during the internship
  • social activities
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